Category Archives: green cleaning

Enzymes for Bathroom Hard Surface Cleaning

I think of enzymes primarily in terms of carpet and porous surface cleaning and as mitigating odor, both in porous items and in drains. Here’s an article that describes how to use them as odor control and cleaning agents on …

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Disinfecting with steam lowers the needed “dwell time”

One of the reasons that people rarely disinfect, even tho many contractors claim to, is that it requires a substantial wait time / dwell time for liquid disinfectants to do their job. In most situations, the physical removal of the …

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Enzymes – a chemistry lesson

This is a pretty good basic lesson in enzyme chemistry. Enzymes and Cleaning Performance One misconception that I have been guilty of teaching is that they are bacteria.  This article describes them as a “catalyst” for breaking down odor causing …

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Coverall on Green Cleaning

Coverall as I’ve covered in some of the posts below got into “green cleaning” as a byproduct of cleaning 10,000 medical buildings nationwide.  (100 plus in the Twin Cities). Much of the stuff that works better in medical facilities (Hepa …

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Carpet Cleaning – comparison of methods

This is one of the more readable and succinct discussions of the trade offs between different carpet cleaning options. How To Evaluate Today’s Green Carpet Cleaning Processes | Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online The discussion of hot water extraction is …

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Plants that deoderize

Never thought of this one, and I don’t know how thick you’d have to plant them to have a noticeable impact, but this is a really interesting article about which plants are good at removing : – Benzene – Formaldehyde …

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Ultrasonic disinfection – vs autoclaves

This is extremely cool. Some of the tests these guys did involved disinfecting an entire wheelchair. I’ve never seen an autoclave big enough to disinfect a wheelchair, they have a ton of touch points, and so many crevices that you …

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Microfiber – Numerous Benefits

A good article in Services Magazine a couple months ago did one of the best jobs of describing in detail the productivity and cleanliness benefits of microfiber.  It’s in the June issue – which isn’t up on their website for …

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Green Cleaning – Financial Returns

An article in a trade journal recapped several studies that showed changes in pathogens and allergens and improvements in attendance at schools that implemented green cleaning, and from my reading of the summaries, green cleaning was the only change, so …

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Electrolyzed Water

It’s kind of interesting to ask a salesperson in the commercial cleaning equipment industry how a product they are hawking works. Sort of like asking an aboriginal medicine man or shaman how things work – the explanation usually is pretty …

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